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April 13, 2010

If it’s good enough for Barca and Real Madrid…

Few community based institutions generate as much passion for so many as the local football club.  With the parlous state of football’s finances and the emergence of a new breed of super-rich owners, there is a growing belief that the connection between club and community needs to be strengthened.   Supporters’ trusts are springing up all over the place. Some now own their club while others settle for a seat on the Board

Supporters’ Direct – The Supporters’ Trusts Initiative

“Through establishing supporters’ trusts, our aim is to deliver responsible, democratic representation at football clubs to help promote the highest standards of governance, financial accountability and community re-orientation.”

Headline achievements
• 35 Supporters’ Trusts
• £2 Million investment in football clubs
• 15,000 members appox.
• 25 Trusts with shares in their football club
• 14 Directors on Football Club Boards
• 300 Volunteer Directors
• 1 Re-formed Club (Clydebank)
• 5 clubs saved for their communities due to supporters’ trust interventions (Clyde, Dundee, Falkirk, Morton and Raith Rovers)

Supporters Trusts in Scotland
Aberdeen FC Supporters Trust
Airdrie United Supporters’ Trust
Albion Rovers Supporters Trust
ArabTrust (Dundee Utd)
Bairntrust (Falkirk)
Berwick Rangers Supporters Trust
Borders Supporters’ Trust
Celtic Trust
Clyde Supporters Trust
Clydebank FC (Owned by United Clydebank Supporters)
Dee4Life Trust (Dundee FC)
Dumbarton Supporters’ Trust
East Fife Supporters’ Trust
East Stirlingshire Supporters’ Society
Edinburgh Rugby Foundation
Elgin City Supporters’ Trust
ERIN Trust (Hibernian)
Gable Endies Supporters Trust (Montrose)
Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust
Gretna FC Supporters Trust
Hamilton Academical Supporters Society
Heart of Midlothian Supporters Trust
Honest Men Trust (Ayr United)
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters’ Trust
Inverness Clachnacuddin Supporters’ Trust
Jags Trust (Partick Thistle)
Kilmarnock Supporters Society
Livi for Life (Livingston FC)
Motherwell Supporters Trust
Pars Supporters Trust (Dunfermline)
Queens Trust (Queen of the South)
Raith Rovers Independent Supporters Society
Rangers Supporters Trust
St Mirren Independent Supporters Association
Stirling Albion Supporters Trust
Warriors Trust (Stenhousemuir)